Tonight I made clams for dinner (I should say last night, I am blogging this while working.)  While out shopping there were fresh clams from a farm in Shelton Washington.  I know this farmer from the Des Moines Farmers market, so I picked them up.

I actually pulled out my sketch book from Italy last Summer where I took notes during one of the cooking classes.  There were notes but certainly not a recipe so I was winging it.  I soaked them all in salt water so they would release any sand.  I sautéed garlic and shallots in olive oil and added the clams and white wine and panko because I didn’t have bread crumbs.

Toasted up some baguette and rubbed it with garlic.  Yum!

There was however way to much for the two of us!  When we were done, I took the rest of the clams out of their shells and froze them with the rest of the broth.  Clam Chowder in our future!

Dispatching the first veggie box

Well in the week we managed to eat all of the veggies.  Including some I already had in the fridge.  All except the extra cauliflower I added to the box last week.

Saturday night I roasted the Romanesco along with part of the boc choy.  Also a lovey herb crusted pork roast that I managed to over cook.

The next morning I added the swiss chard to our morning eggs along with onion we had and mushrooms.  We also had the first of the yummy avocado’s that I added to the box.

I took a couple of the carrots to work for lunch, also the apples.  Lori has taken care of most of the mandarin oranges.  I had leftover a couple boc choy, the mustard greens and all kinds of cooked left overs from the weekend.

Today when I got home from the gym I had 25 minutes to “spare” before needing to get ready for work.  I pulled out my wok and made a stir fry.  First thing in was an onion and the rest of the carrots since they take longer to cook.  I then added mushrooms, the boc choy, the mustard greens and the left over romanesco.  I added a few pantry items like bamboo shoots and water chestnuts, then in went the rest of the pork roast and left over rice from Sunday.  I scrambled a couple of eggs in at the end and we have a HUGE bowl of pork and veggie fried rice.  It felt like a timed episode of Chopped in where I had to use all the veggies in the fridge and left overs.

Since I am only getting this box every other week, looks like that cauliflower tomorrow and I may need to buy veggies.







I joined a CSA last week and this morning was my first delivery.  It was actually there when I got home at 1am. and I pulled it in but didn’t open it until this morning.

The box is the standard 2-person box that I will be getting every other week, at least for now until I figure out if we can eat it all.

They emailed last week with what would be in the box and I added a cauliflower (because I have been known to make a meal just out of one) and three avocados.

Peering into the box you can see leaf lettuce, mustard greens and cilantro but that is deceiving.  This is everything from the box.


Mustard Greens, Cilantro, Leaf Lettuce, Carrots, Swish Chard, 1lb of boc chow, 2 pink lady apples, 1 pound of satsumas and romanesco cauliflower.  I added the regular cauliflower and the three avocado’s.  I really should have left off the swisschard considering how much is in my garden that we are not eating.

So what to eat first.  I have never had romanesco and It is so cool looking. So this will most likely be tomorrow.


However today I grilled up the lovely asparagus I bought for the weekend that we didn’t end up making.  So this is dinner today.


Iron Pumping Birthday

It would be simple just to tell you that Lori got us gym memberships for my birthday, but this a blog and that would just be boring.

So I’ll start with the 24 hour membership I had previously at the one nearest us.  It is a smaller, older (read dirtier) site.  Often with machines that are down and equipment that isn’t as up to the newest standards.  I have had a membership there TWICE in the last four years that I have been here.  I dropped it the first time because I had dropped off in using it and then some troll was on the elliptical trainer next to me watching porn……let that sink in.

I re-joined again because I really do like the gym and needed my workouts.  I wouldn’t call myself a gym rat, but Lori would call me that.  I dropped it again last year when I started going to bootcamp.

Well although I really like the bootcamp workouts, and for a few months they were difficult there wasn’t much variation and became much easier.  My schedule and the class schedule really only allowed me one class a day and with the warm up and cool down the “work” part was only 20 minutes, the commute to and from took me longer.  After I injured my achilles in December and then my back I had fallen off completely.

Tha is when I started looking into 24 hour fitness again.  Because of my work schedule and it’s every changing nature, 24 hour fitness has always worked for me.  I used to love in the one in downtown Seattle and for a period of time when twice a day.

Well the next two gym sites closest to the house that are not that old gross gym are a step up in type (and price), they are considered the Super Sport not just the Sport.  A lot of it is the same format however they also have towel service and they have a lot more equipment and classes.  I was debating and looking up the prices, you can pre-buy a two-year membership through Costco.

A couple of weekends ago after Tai Chi Lori and I went and took a tour.  It was a wonderful looking gym and one of the features we really liked was when there is not a class in session for instance in the spin-cycle room, you can push play on a kiosk outside the room and pick from a large number of recorded classes and go in and “take” the pre-recorded class.  Same for the other studio with Yoga, Zumba, Body Pump and lots of other options.

Lori bought us both a membership at the Super Sport and we activated them this weekend.  I have already been twice!!!  I do love the gym.  Today about 8 minutes into my cardio I felt the fog lift.  That is how I describe that endorphin I get from working out.  My mind is clearer, I can feel myself smiling, I am more efficient and just all around do better.

It is not that I don’t get exercise with all of our projects, Tai Chi classes, our walks at the nature center.  It is just that I do better and feel better when I am going to the gym.

Thanks again honey.

Herby and Fresh

At the very last minute before heading out for Thanksgiving I picked these fresh herbs to cook with.  I am so Thankful for my herb garden.



I was also super happy about my salad bar.  So colorful and yummy.  I tried (did not succeed) to fill up on salad, but I did have a big salad as opposed to any seconds on the other items.




I was going to pick up the dry cleaning today but that has been moved tomorrow.  Tomorrow I have my one hour 1-1 with my coach and that will leave just enough time to get to the dry cleaners to pick up and drop off prior to going home and getting ready for work.

Today I wanted to get a few other things done and needed all my extra time after the gym.  Specifically I wanted to cook a Turkey breast that I bought last weekend.  Before this weeks class I new that Turkey was a low fat protein that was rich in B Vitamins and iron.  What I learned (after buying this turkey breast) this week is that Turkey is also rich in Zinc, Phosphorus and Potassium but the biggest thing….has more protein then Beef!  There you go a perfectly good reason to pick turkey over beef without even getting into the amount of energy needed for cows and the amount of methane they produce.   That is an entirely “other” blog.

I took the turkey breast out before heading to the gym so it could un-chill (sounds better that warm up).  When I got home I turned on the oven and popped this in for just over an hour.  During that time I took my overachieving self out to the front yard to do a little kamikaze weeding.  It rained earlier in the week and the weeds are Happy.  I filled up one bucket before heading back in.  Doesn’t sound like a lot but one bucket a day helps.

Its supposed to rain again tonight.  Color me thrilled.  I took all the pillows in from the back yard and chose NOT to water my veggies.  That may have been a mistake but if it doesn’t rain I will do it first thing tomorrow before going to the gym and the dry cleaner.

The turkey was fabulous for lunch and I had it with some swiss chard from my garden that is huge thanks to last weeks rain.



First Quiz

I am well into the second week of my nutrition class.

The first quiz was today based on last weeks classes that covered: under nutrition; over nutrition; heart disease; diabetes; Macro-nutrients and Micro-nutrients.

Class yesterday was on healthy eating guidelines; servings per day; serving sizes; vitamins and minerals.  Tomorrows class is on weight loss and fad diets.

There is a lot of information in these classes.  Luckily the day after the class the slides and webinar is uploaded and I can print off the slides, watch it again and take more notes.

Today I took the quiz on last weeks classes.  I got 18 out of 20.  Although I got an A I was still a bit annoyed with myself because the two questions I got wrong, I seriously knew the answers.  Unfortunately I didn’t read one of the questions all the way through and one I missed the decimal point.

But I am having a great time and looking forward to both implementing these things and having the science behind so much of what I already knew.  So far I have been able to get the classes into my Mondays and Wednesdays and still find time to watch each class again.  Makes for a busy life with everything else but its a good life.